Good Finish Gives Matt Kenseth More Confidence For the Coca-Cola 600

Jim BobCorrespondent IMay 17, 2009

CONCORD, NC - MAY 16: Jeff Gordon driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet races for the lead with Matt Kenseth #17 driver of the DeWalt Ford and Kyle Busch driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16, 2009 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

They always say that finishing first is the only thing that matters at the All-Star Race.  However, second-place is pretty good when it comes to earning confidence as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gets ready for the longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600.

With NASCAR's new-testing ban imposed at the start of the season, teams only have the All-Star Race as a true test session for the race. 

Matt Kenseth, who finished second in the All-Star Race, says he and his team can be more confident at what they have for the Coca-Cola 600.

“Yeah, I mean I feel better about next week because our car was really fast on the long run tonight and we just had to go crazy and tighten it up to try to make it good on the short run there at the end and was just trying to crutch it too much, but 30- and 40-lap runs it was really fast, so I feel pretty good about the 600,” commented Kenseth after the race on Saturday night.